Saturday, July 8, 2017

TORs for Developing Guidelines and Standards For Forestry Research and Tree Reproductive Materials



TORs for Developing Guidelines and Standards For Forestry Research and Tree Reproductive Materials
I.BACKGROUND
The degradation and loss of forests across Rwanda is a major problem impacting on ecological stability and livelihoods. Tackling this challenge requires a combination of approaches including promotion of research in production of forests, strengthening the capacities of the national tree seed center. The forestry law No 47bis/2013 In its articles 8 and 45 provide instructions of the Minister of determining State forests reserved for research and modalities for conducting research
and the guidelines for conducting fundamental research in forestry. Having developed these ministerial instructions, it is now critical to elaborate standards and guidelines to orient researchers intending to conduct research in forestry. In 2011, the Republic of Rwanda made an ambitious commitment to the Bonn Challenge to restore 2 million hectares degraded land and forests by the year 2020. This determined border to border restoration move, requires a vibrant tree seed center that has the capacity to ensure proper seed collection, processing and testing, handling and storage among other aspects. The present state of the tree seed center in Rwanda lacks the capabilities required to maintain the supply of quality and sufficient tree reproductive materials.
It is in this context that IUCN, through its forest/landscape restoration in Rwanda, intends to support the Government of Rwanda to enhance its forestry institutional frameworks and the capacity of the national tree seed center. The assignment is of two-fold: (i) Elaboration of the forestry research standards and guidelines; and (ii) the development of guidelines and standards for tree reproductive materials for the National Tree Seed Center.
II.OBJECTIVE OF THE ASSIGNMENT 
This assignment will enable the Government to make efforts to bridge the gaps between forestry research and forestry management and the overall improvement of the tree seed stocking mechanisms. Thus, the resulting documents will help strengthen the capacity of forestry sector and aid theimplement of theforestry strategies in order to achieve the Bonn Challenge plagues and vision 2020 targets.The following are the specific objectives:
This assignment will give sufficient background information and justifications of forestry research to enable the Government to make effort to bridge the gaps and informed decision on future management. This will strengthen the country’s capacity to implement its National Water Resources Programmes or other broader planning frameworks. The objective of these terms of reference is to establish the conditions and requirements for hiring the services of a consultant specializing in research and legal instrument formulation in order to develop the tool required by MINIRENA. The following are the specific objectives:
A. Guidelines and Standards for Forestry Research
•    Highlight  forestry research issues (constraints and opportunities), and define short/middle/long term priority of forestry research and main strategies to developed it;
•    Draft comprehensive guidelines standards for conducting forestry research, including action plan;
•    Stock-take and map State forests reserved for research and modalities for conducting research in it;
•    Identify mechanisms for improving co-ordination between research institutions and actors (governmental services, civil society, private sectors) as a way of linking research to better management of forests;
•    Highlight  instructions and standards that can help enhance forestry research either in forest products form or as processed products;
B.Guidelines and Standards on Tree Reproductive Materials
  • Assess  the current operational measures of the national tree seed center to  identifying key bottlenecks to the supply chain of the tree reproductive materials;
  • Develop guidelines and standards that will improve the operational capacity of the national tree seed center in the area of seed handling, storage, collection, testing, labeling and general seed conservation.
III.SCOPE OF THE WORK
A.    Guidelines and Standards for Forestry Research
Specifically, the consultant will undertake the following tasks:
  • Collate existing information on the history, status and current trends of forestry research(taking into account history and need of collaboration/support of the Tree Seed Center), and write a report mapping and assessing forestry research issues in Rwanda,
  • Development  and writing up of guidelines for conducting forestry research, including
-    Short and long term priorities for forestry research,
-    main strategies
-    mechanism for improving co-ordination between research institutions and forestry actors
  • Establish a database of State forests dedicated for research, their status and management regime;
B.    Guidelines and Standards on Tree Reproductive Materials
  • Review the current status of the supply chain of the tree reproductive materials in Rwanda and develop guidelines and standards comprising the following key components:
    -    Seed collection
    -    Seed collection and post-harvest care
    -    Seed handling-cleaning and conditioning
    -    Seed storage
    -    Seed-lot sampling
    -    Seed testing-for moisture, purity, weight, germination and vigor
    -    Seed labeling
    -    Germplasm conservation
    -    Information management
IV.ELIGIBILITY                                                                                                                                                    
  The required skills and experience for the assignment are:
  1. Education: PHD University degree in Agriculture, Forestry, Environment management, Natural Resources Management or related fields.
  2. Required experience
  • At least 5 years of work experience in forestry research and/or in policy/strategy design in Forestry or Environment and Natural Resources;
  • Deep knowledge of the forestry research and scientific research in general.
  • Good experience in forestry sector in Rwanda
Other skills
  • Excellent verbal and written knowledge of English;
  • Excellent ability to collect, process and analyze data and document information collected;
  • Excellent synthesis and writing skills.
  • Ready to travel extensively in rural areas and districts.
V.DELIVERABLES
  • Inception Report;
  • Draft  guidelines and standards  of forestry research;
  • Final guidelines and standards of  forestry research;
  • Draft guidelines and standards of  tree reproductive materials;
  • Final guidelines and standards of  tree reproductive materials and other forest products;
  • Data base of the status of State forests reserved for research;
  • A final Report including recommendations improving forestry research validated by the stakeholders;  
VI.DURATION OF THE ASSIGNMENT
The assignment is expected to be completed within a period of 40 days.
VII.SUBMISSION OF INTEREST  
  • Consultants who meet the requirements should submit the technical and financial proposals which must include the following: (i) a suitability statement, commitment to be available for the entire assignment, (ii) proposed study methodology including a detailed work plan, (iii) a financial proposal in a separate document (if soft copy)/envelope (if hard copy), including daily cost per major activity(well detailed), (iv) updated curriculum vitae showing qualifications and experience, (v) references from 3 organizations that have recently contracted the consultant to carry out similar or related assignment. Note that IUCN shall retain 15% withholding tax and will also provide per diem as per IUCN policy.
  • The proposals in English should be sent to International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) via Francis.Musoke@iucn.org and copy Valence.Mushimwe@iucn.org or hard copies to the IUCN Office, Plot 1003, Ubumwe Cell, African Union Boulevards, Nyarugenge, Kiyovu (RSSB Building, Tower. Please, note that  the deadline for submission is July 25th, 2017 at 5.00 p.m.

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